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Nepali woman's quest to learn takes her back to school with son

Parwati Sunar, 27, sings the national anthem of Nepal while attending an assembly at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022. Parwati attends the same school as her eldest son, Resham, after returning to an education system she fled at the age of 15, when she eloped with a man seven years her senior. Parwaiti said she hoped to become "literate enough"?to be able to keep household accounts. "I think I should not have left my school," she said, explaining the desire to catch up on the lessons she missed.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, sings the national anthem of Nepal while attending an assembly at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022. Parwati attends the same school as her eldest son, Resham, after...more

Parwati Sunar, 27, sings the national anthem of Nepal while attending an assembly at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022. Parwati attends the same school as her eldest son, Resham, after returning to an education system she fled at the age of 15, when she eloped with a man seven years her senior. Parwaiti said she hoped to become "literate enough"?to be able to keep household accounts. "I think I should not have left my school," she said, explaining the desire to catch up on the lessons she missed.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, and her son Resham Sunar, 11, walk to school from their house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 5, 2022. A Nepali mother of two, Parwati Sunar finds herself attending the same school as her son after returning to an education system she fled at the age of 15, when she eloped with a man seven years her senior.

"I enjoy learning and am proud to attend with classmates who are like my own children," Sunar told Reuters from her village of Punarbas on the southwestern edge of the Himalayan nation, where she studies in seventh grade.   REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, and her son Resham Sunar, 11, walk to school from their house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 5, 2022. A Nepali mother of two, Parwati Sunar finds herself attending the same school as her son after...more

Parwati Sunar, 27, and her son Resham Sunar, 11, walk to school from their house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 5, 2022. A Nepali mother of two, Parwati Sunar finds herself attending the same school as her son after returning to an education system she fled at the age of 15, when she eloped with a man seven years her senior. "I enjoy learning and am proud to attend with classmates who are like my own children," Sunar told Reuters from her village of Punarbas on the southwestern edge of the Himalayan nation, where she studies in seventh grade.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, talks to her son Resham Sunar, 11, during a computer class at New World Vision Computer Institute, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 8, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, talks to her son Resham Sunar, 11, during a computer class at New World Vision Computer Institute, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 8, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, talks to her son Resham Sunar, 11, during a computer class at New World Vision Computer Institute, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 8, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, and her son Resham Sunar, 11, ride a bicycle to their computer class at New World Vision Computer Institute in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 8, 2022.   REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, and her son Resham Sunar, 11, ride a bicycle to their computer class at New World Vision Computer Institute in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 8, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, and her son Resham Sunar, 11, ride a bicycle to their computer class at New World Vision Computer Institute in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 8, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, helps her eldest son, Resham Sunar, 11, to wash, as her younger son Arjun Sunar, 7, draws water from a hand pump, at their home in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 6, 2022. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, helps her eldest son, Resham Sunar, 11, to wash, as her younger son Arjun Sunar, 7, draws water from a hand pump, at their home in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 6, 2022. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, helps her eldest son, Resham Sunar, 11, to wash, as her younger son Arjun Sunar, 7, draws water from a hand pump, at their home in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 6, 2022. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, and her sons, Resham Sunar, 11, and Arjun Sunar, 7, pose for a picture after getting dressed for school, outside their house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022. Her day begins at dawn in a tin-roofed two-room structure of bare bricks shared with sons Resham and Arjun and her mother-in-law, with their goats penned into one area. Their home lacks a toilet, so the family use a nearby plot of public land instead.   REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, and her sons, Resham Sunar, 11, and Arjun Sunar, 7, pose for a picture after getting dressed for school, outside their house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022. Her day begins at dawn in a tin-roofed...more

Parwati Sunar, 27, and her sons, Resham Sunar, 11, and Arjun Sunar, 7, pose for a picture after getting dressed for school, outside their house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022. Her day begins at dawn in a tin-roofed two-room structure of bare bricks shared with sons Resham and Arjun and her mother-in-law, with their goats penned into one area. Their home lacks a toilet, so the family use a nearby plot of public land instead.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, and her sons, Resham Sunar, 11, and Arjun Sunar, 7, pose for a picture before getting dressed for school, outside their house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, and her sons, Resham Sunar, 11, and Arjun Sunar, 7, pose for a picture before getting dressed for school, outside their house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, and her sons, Resham Sunar, 11, and Arjun Sunar, 7, pose for a picture before getting dressed for school, outside their house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, reacts while playing a game with her classmates at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022.   REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, reacts while playing a game with her classmates at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, reacts while playing a game with her classmates at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, walks next to her son Resham Sunar, 11, as they head towards Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022.   REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, walks next to her son Resham Sunar, 11, as they head towards Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, walks next to her son Resham Sunar, 11, as they head towards Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, sits next to her son Resham Sunar, 11, as they share a meal during the lunch break at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, sits next to her son Resham Sunar, 11, as they share a meal during the lunch break at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, sits next to her son Resham Sunar, 11, as they share a meal during the lunch break at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, speaks with her classmates during a class at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 5, 2022.   REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, speaks with her classmates during a class at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 5, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, speaks with her classmates during a class at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 5, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, calls to check on her eldest son, Resham Sunar, 11, after he went home unwell, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, calls to check on her eldest son, Resham Sunar, 11, after he went home unwell, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, calls to check on her eldest son, Resham Sunar, 11, after he went home unwell, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, checks on her son, Resham Sunar, 11, who is suffering from fever, after arriving home from school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, checks on her son, Resham Sunar, 11, who is suffering from fever, after arriving home from school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, checks on her son, Resham Sunar, 11, who is suffering from fever, after arriving home from school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 7, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, and her sons, Resham Sunar, 11, and Arjun Sunar, 7, get ready for school outside their house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, and her sons, Resham Sunar, 11, and Arjun Sunar, 7, get ready for school outside their house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, and her sons, Resham Sunar, 11, and Arjun Sunar, 7, get ready for school outside their house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Resham Sunar, 11, stands in a queue with his friends for lunch, at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 9, 2022. "I feel good to go to school with mum," said Resham, who is a grade behind his mother. "We chat as we walk to school and we learn from our conversation," he said, adding that his mother hoped he could become a doctor.   REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Resham Sunar, 11, stands in a queue with his friends for lunch, at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 9, 2022. "I feel good to go to school with mum," said Resham, who is a grade behind his mother....more

Resham Sunar, 11, stands in a queue with his friends for lunch, at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 9, 2022. "I feel good to go to school with mum," said Resham, who is a grade behind his mother. "We chat as we walk to school and we learn from our conversation," he said, adding that his mother hoped he could become a doctor.   REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Bharat Basnet, Principal of Jeevan Jyoti secondary school, sits at his desk, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest, Nepal August 5, 2022. "As a student, Parwati Sunar, 27, was below average, but a keen learner", said Basnet. Just about 57% of women are literate in the country of 29 million.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Bharat Basnet, Principal of Jeevan Jyoti secondary school, sits at his desk, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest, Nepal August 5, 2022. "As a student, Parwati Sunar, 27, was below average, but a keen learner", said Basnet. Just about 57% of...more

Bharat Basnet, Principal of Jeevan Jyoti secondary school, sits at his desk, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest, Nepal August 5, 2022. "As a student, Parwati Sunar, 27, was below average, but a keen learner", said Basnet. Just about 57% of women are literate in the country of 29 million.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Navraj Ojha, a maths teacher, helps Parwati Sunar, 27, during a class at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 5, 2022.    REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Navraj Ojha, a maths teacher, helps Parwati Sunar, 27, during a class at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 5, 2022.   REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Navraj Ojha, a maths teacher, helps Parwati Sunar, 27, during a class at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 5, 2022.   REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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A paper boat floats on a puddle outside a classroom at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school, Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 5, 2022. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

A paper boat floats on a puddle outside a classroom at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school, Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 5, 2022. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

A paper boat floats on a puddle outside a classroom at Jeevan Jyoti secondary school, Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 5, 2022. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Yam Bahadur Sunar, 34, a migrant worker who works as a labourer in the Indian city of Chennai to support his family, video calls with his wife Parwati Sunar, 27, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 4, 2022. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Yam Bahadur Sunar, 34, a migrant worker who works as a labourer in the Indian city of Chennai to support his family, video calls with his wife Parwati Sunar, 27, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 4, 2022. REUTERS/Navesh...more

Yam Bahadur Sunar, 34, a migrant worker who works as a labourer in the Indian city of Chennai to support his family, video calls with his wife Parwati Sunar, 27, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 4, 2022. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, offers a homemade cake made of wheat flour, sugar, and milk to her eldest son, Resham Sunar, 11, during his birthday in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 6, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, offers a homemade cake made of wheat flour, sugar, and milk to her eldest son, Resham Sunar, 11, during his birthday in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 6, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, offers a homemade cake made of wheat flour, sugar, and milk to her eldest son, Resham Sunar, 11, during his birthday in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 6, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, hangs foliage for her goats, inside her house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 6, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, hangs foliage for her goats, inside her house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 6, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, hangs foliage for her goats, inside her house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 6, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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A toilet pan is hung on a tree behind the house of Parwati Sunar, 27, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 4, 2022. Parwati's home lacks a toilet, so the family use a nearby plot of public land instead.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

A toilet pan is hung on a tree behind the house of Parwati Sunar, 27, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 4, 2022. Parwati's home lacks a toilet, so the family use a nearby plot of public land instead.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

A toilet pan is hung on a tree behind the house of Parwati Sunar, 27, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 4, 2022. Parwati's home lacks a toilet, so the family use a nearby plot of public land instead.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, works in a field outside her house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 6, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, works in a field outside her house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 6, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, works in a field outside her house in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 6, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, works on homework with her sons, Resham Sunar, 11, and Arjun Sunar, 7, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 4, 2022.   REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, works on homework with her sons, Resham Sunar, 11, and Arjun Sunar, 7, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 4, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, works on homework with her sons, Resham Sunar, 11, and Arjun Sunar, 7, in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 4, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Parwati Sunar, 27, sits on the porch of her two-room tin-roofed house late in the evening in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 4, 2022.  REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, sits on the porch of her two-room tin-roofed house late in the evening in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 4, 2022. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Parwati Sunar, 27, sits on the porch of her two-room tin-roofed house late in the evening in Punarbas, Kanchanpur district, southwest Nepal, August 4, 2022. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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